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The Cover
December 18, 2002

Winter Scene

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(23):2935. doi:10.1001/jama.288.23.2935

In the Netherlands of the 17th century, northern and southern alike, no family seemed to be without its painter, or, more likely, its several painters. In addition, no motif was too humble to be overlooked. Fathers, sons, uncles, daughters, brothers, elders, youngers, and the corresponding in-laws recorded, it seems, every square inch of Dutch soil: every tree, every leaf on the tree, every cottage, every doorstep, every road, canal, dune, cloud, right down to every precious grain of sand reclaimed from the sea. Anything that reflected light, it seemed, begged to be painted. Cold, inclement weather was just another challenge to get the light just right.

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